EDM Friday Briefing: Tulsa Officer Charged, Charlotte Protests Continue, Yahoo Hacked
Emergency and disaster management briefing for September 23, 2016: Tulsa County charges police officer Betty Shelby with manslaughter, Charlotte protests continue for a third night, the debate about releasing the Charlotte shooting video intensifies, Yahoo announces the largest known data breach ever, a migrant boat carrying hundreds capsizes off the coast of Egypt, firefighting crews make major progress battling a California fire, and LaGuardia Airport has a major scare.
- The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office charged officer Betty Shelby with first-degree manslaughter yesterday in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher. Shelby shot and killed Crutcher on Friday as he reportedly approached his SUV with arms raised. The DA's Office stated that Shelby "emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted." The officer was released on $50,000 bond shortly after being booked.
- In Charlotte, protests continued in a largely peaceful manner as the city imposed a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. The peaceful protests followed two nights of unrest that came after a police officer fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. On Wednesday, a man was shot while protesting the fatal shooting of Scott and has now died. The man shot while protesting was not shot by police but rather by a civilian.
- The family of Keith Lamont Scott wants police to immediately release video of the shooting, but the city's police chief told reporters Thursday he has no intention of releasing the dashcam video of the incident. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said footage is not definitive and will not make the video public. There are questions as to whether Scott armed and whether he was acting aggressively before the shooting.
- Yahoo announced yesterday that hackers gained access to more than 500 million email accounts in 2014. This is likely the biggest data breach in history. According to Yahoo, hackers stole names, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates and some security questions and answers in what the company called a state-sponsored attack.
- Hundreds are feared dead after a migrant boat capsized off the coast of Egypt on Wednesday. The boat reportedly held up to 600 migrants when it overturned about eight miles off the coast. More than 50 bodies had been recovered as of last night as the search continued. Egyptian officials arrested four crew members associated with the boat.
- Firefighting crews reached 70 percent containment yesterday in the wildfire burning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California, and the fire is now holding steady at approximately 19 square miles. A firefighter died Wednesday after a water truck overturned on a highway a few miles away from the fire.
- An abandoned SUV at New York's LaGuardia Airport led to confusion and panic and ultimately a lockdown of the airport last night. Law enforcement officials said that a person parked a black SUV outside of a terminal and then subsequently ran from the vehicle. The vehicle was cleared without incident, but a portion of the airport was evacuated and traffic was diverted for at least two hours.
- ISIS is suspected in a mustard attack against U.S. and Iraqi troops. A shell with mustard agent landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday, where both U.S. and Iraqi troops are operating. Official referred to the attack as "low purity" and "poorly weaponized," and there have been no reports of troops displaying symptoms of exposure.
- Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell voluntarily recalled select ice cream products due to Listeria contamination concerns. The recall includes distributions in 10 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
- Health research and advocacy organization The Environmental Working Group released a report detailing how drinking water in the majority of northeast Ohio is tainted with a cancer-causing toxin. The group found high levels of Chromium 6 in 29 or 30 water systems in the northeast region of the state. Ridding the water supply of the toxin will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, the group said.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) named two counties in Texas and 24 counties in Louisiana agricultural disaster areas due to historic flooding that hit the region last month. Low-interest emergency loans will be available to eligible farmers to aid recovery; farmers have eight months to apply.
- West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin extended the state of emergency in five counties in the state for an additional month. Large regions of the state are struggling to recover from the June 23 flood that affected thousands of residents.